Water Journal : Current Feb 2017
www.awa.asn.au 35 IONPharmaceuticals, disinfectants and personal care products are some of the perks of modern life, but research is increasingly revealing the risks they ca pose to water supplies. There is growing concern that micro-pollutants in wa even in small doses, threaten human and environmental he Currently, the European Union is proposing a 50% increase in the number of substances that are monitored and controlled in surface waters -- a move projected to cost utilities billions of euros in treatment and monitoring upgrades. Closer to home, Australia is beginning to acknowledge and address micro-pollutant issues, said CH2M's Regional Technology Manager for the Asia Pacific Region John Poon. The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (2011) (ADWG) outline a general approach to setting limits for inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals and pesticides, and there are specific guides for hundreds of individual chemicals outlined in factsheets. But as the Cooperative Research Centre for Water ty and Treatment (CRCWQT) noted: "The ADWG includes erical guideline values for relatively few chemicals." A compulsory full review of the guidelines occurs only very 10 years, but can be recommended after five by the ational Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
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